Aaron S. Dubin of O’Fallon MO died from complications of COVID-19 and Frontotemporal Dementia on December 30, 2020 at the age of 63. He had previously been a Master chess player and a named partner in the law firm of Frankel, Rubin, Klein, Dubin, Siegel, and Payne.
Ralph Struckhoff died of COVID-19 on September 11th, 2020 at the age of 74. As far as he or his family knew he was perfectly healthy and had the body and mind of someone much younger. He and his wife were looking forward to celebrating their 50th wedding anniversary in October (and many more happy anniversaries after that), but now they cannot.
Ralph served our country in the U.S. Army from 1965-1967 after which he married the love of his life, Jayne. They settled in Augusta where they raised their two children while he worked worked as a Union carpenter, Local 97, for Lauer Construction. He was a member of Immaculate Conception Church in Augusta, the Knights of Columbus, and American Legion Post 262 in Augusta. Ralph enjoyed lots of things, but especially Christmas when he’d decorate the house and take extra cheer. He was always there to help a neighbor with a home project, listen to a friend, or to spend quality time making memories with his grandkids.
Ralph is deeply missed by his wife Jayne, his kids, grandkids, extended family, church family, American Legion and Knights of Columbus family, and all his many friends. His family is grateful to the nurses, doctors, and hospital staff who tried their best to save his life.
(note: I’m unclear on if Ralph Struckhoff is related to Paul Struckhoff, also of Augusta MO, who died of COVID-19 on April 28… I’m guessing they’re related but nothing I’ve found explicitly states this).
Dianne Dolores Fahr of St. Charles MO, died from complications of COVID-19 on August 5th, 2020 at the age of 83. She had a relentlessly positive spirit, and even after her memories and mind started to fade from the ravages of dementia in her last decade, she still saw the beauty and good in everyone. Dianne was saying “I love you” until the very end.
Dianne is missed deeply by her son and daughter, and by her two grandsons and small extended family.
Dolly Naomi Hood of St. Peters, died of COVID-19 on April 10, 2020 at the age of 80. She was recovering from a stroke at The Landing of O’Fallon where she started having trouble breathing and was taken to the ER on April 2. She passed 8 days later in the hospital ICU. Her husband and lifelong companion wrote on her obituary page, “the hardest part was that I could not be with her during any of it.”
Until 2008, Dolly worked in the Francis Howell School District where she touched countless lives. In her retirement, she was a gifted gardener who won awards in every show she entered. She also loved creating beadwork and doing other crafts. She was a compassionate friend who always had time to listen, and loved having lunches with her retired teacher friends. Most of all, Dolly was a devoted mother who always put her family first.
Dolly Naomi Hood is missed deeply by her husband who she was married to for 62 years, her two adult children, grandchildren, her extended family, her many friends, garden club, church, and everyone who had the pleasure of knowing her.
James Edward “Jimmy” Evans died on April 6, 2020 of COVID-19 at the age of 82. He fell ill with coronavirus while at Frontier Health and Rehabilitation in St. Charles, MO and within a few days was rushed to the hospital where he died alone.
The only mention of Jimmy Evan’s life or death that I could find was in the St. Louis Post Dispatch (STLToday) article cited below. Read it for the full heartbreaking story.
Patrick Wayne Vadnais of St. Charles MO died of COVID-19 complications on April 8, 2020 at the age of 70. He was musically inclined and wrote songs, played piano and guitar, sang, and passed his knowledge onto younger folks.
Patrick Vadnais is missed by his daughter, step-father, brothers and sisters, extended family and friends.
Howard Marshall passed of COVID-19 on April 10, 2020 in his room at Frontier Health and Rehabilitation in St. Charles. Although he had Alzheimers and couldn’t use the phone by himself, he still recognized his family and used a wheelchair to get around. He was 79 years old.
Howard came down with a fever and was tested for COVID-19 on April 1, got the results back on April 6th but didn’t have any respiratory symptoms. Suddenly on April 9, his family was told that he was near death. When his family finally were able to set up a video call that day, he was unresponsive and they were told he was sleeping. The next morning the nursing home told his family that his fever had passed and he seemed to be doing better, and his family looked forward to videochatting with him in the afternoon. Howard Marshall was dead by 7pm on April 10.
“He was always there for everyone,” his stepdaughter told the St. Louis Post Dispatch, “At the end he was all alone.”
“And the way that it happened, there is just no dignity in the way that he died. There was no respect for him or his family.”
Howard Marshall belonged to the Carpenter’s Union Local #1310 and worked installing floors until his retirement. He loved watching documentaries, fishing, working on his car, and helping his friends out. He was known for being a gentle, kind, man. He’s missed deeply by his children, stepchildren, extended family, and large circle of friends.
Barbara Ann White died of COVID-19 in St. Peters, MO at the age of 93 on May 20, 2020.
She obtained her degree in social work from Washington University. Barbara loved her family, her husband (who preceded her), her cats (who also preceded her), and her friends. She lived an interesting and long life, and gave so much!
She’s missed deeply by her grandchildren, daughter, and step daughter as well as her friends and neighbors.
Paul passed away on April 28, 2020 at the age of 88 from complications of COVID-19. He proudly served in the Korean War and afterwards moved from Augusta to O’Fallon to marry the love of his life (Marjorie, who preceded him).
Struckhoff enjoyed drinking cold Stag beer, boating, and Cardinals baseball. He loved telling stories about all the trouble he and his pals got into back in the day. He was an active member of the O’Fallon VFW and the Augusta American Legion.
Paul Struckhoff is missed dearly by his family, all his buddies at the VFW and American Legion, 7 great grandchildren, and everyone who had the pleasure of knowing him.